Cheap flights to Lyon
Lyon really does represent the best things about France; arguably the finest cuisine in the world, beautiful classical French architecture, pavement cafes, perfectly manicured parks and even a World Heritage listed old town. Paris might have the romance, Nice the beach, but Lyon has the food. If you’re after a good meal, then look no further than France’s third-largest city. The gastronomy capital of the world, Michelin starred eateries, cafes and bistros abound. Not to mention, the city’s own traditional restaurants, known as bouchons offer up a healthy serving of hearty Lyonnaise cuisine such as coq au vin, all washed down with a glass of red – well this is Beaujolais country after all. You’ll find markets galore selling everything.
This World Heritage listed old town is a delight of Renaissance gems, Gothic cathedrals and medieval churches, with many of the buildings doubling up as boutique hotels and restaurants. And as France’s third-largest city, you can expect the usual assortment of museums and cultural diversions. This cosmopolitan city has a mix of everything from traditional pubs, wine bars, jazz cafes and even the odd riverboat-cum-nightclub or two, bobbing about on the River Rhone.
Watch 350 hardy souls swim 8kms upstream along the Rhone as it traverses Lyon on 15th January. The "Traversée de Lyon à la nage" starts at 10am and you can watch from any of the river banks or bridges. See traverseelyon.nap.free.fr .
The Henri Matisse exhibition at the Beaux-Arts museum runs until 6th March (closed Tuesdays) with 250 of his drawings on display tracing his artistic development throughout his career. More info from www.mba-lyon.fr .
Annecy, 1 hour 30 minutes by car from Lyon, is a stunning min-Venice complete with canals, tiny bridges, 12th century buildings and a crowd of bars and restaurants. The lake offers swimming, boating, pedalos, cycling, sun-bathing and pleasure cruises.
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